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Montreal-Area Home Prices Have Exploded, A Report Shows

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Montreal-Area Home Prices Have Skyrocketed, Report Says

Bad news for first-time buyers: Montreal-area home prices are through the roof.

The median price for single-family homes in Montreal soared 28% from February last year to $460,000, "$100,000 more than just 12 months ago," according to a report from the Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers.

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Where are sales decreasing in the Montreal area? 

Prices rose despite a sales slump, says the report.

Contracts were signed for 5,106 properties, representing the slowest February since 2015 and a 3% decrease over the 5,290 sold in February 2020.

Though the Island of Montreal did well, experiencing a 6% increase in sales thanks to a strong condo market, according to the report, there were huge decreases in the suburbs, such as Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, which saw a 32 percent drop in the same one-year period.

Other slowing property markets included Laval (a 14% drop), Vaudreuil-Soulanges (10%), the South Shore (8%) and the North Shore (3%).

Why is this happening?

Charles Brant, director of market analysis at the QPAREB, blamed "skyrocketing" prices and scarcer listings in the single-family home market, which reported a 14% drop in sales.

"Condominium sales compensated for the decrease in single-family home sales in February," he said in a statement.

"The drop in inventory of properties for sale and the skyrocketing prices of single-family homes partly explain the increase in condominium and plex transactions."

The median price for condominiums was $340,000, a 24% increase from February 2020, while plexes posted a smaller increase of 9% to $650,000.

"With market conditions still very much to the advantage of sellers, median prices continue to accelerate dramatically against a backdrop of overbidding," reads the report.